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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Follow the bouncing flack

Here's a familiar name that we haven't read in a while: Roy Kaufmann. He's the one who stepped in and took over as Sam Adams's flack when the teenage sex scandal broke and Adams's original spokesman, Wade Nkrumah, had too many scruples to stay in the job. Kaufmann lasted about two years in City Hall before he headed into the uncertain world of private p.r. firms. Now he's resurfaced as the mouthpiece for the marijuana legalization movement in Oregon. Having worked on the unsuccessful 2012 state ballot measure, he's continuing to push to legalize the wacky weed here in the Beaver State. What a résumé the guy's building.

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As opposed to previous grass-roots (no pun intended) efforts to legalize marijuana, I have to wonder who's planning to profit, to the point where there's money flying around for dubious lobbyists like Royal Roy. An old roommate of mine currently lives in Denver, and he's constantly nuhdzing me about how I need to move to Colorado and grow weed now that it's legal. Even if I had any interest (and while I have no problems with legalization, I'm as straight-edge as Penn Jillette), I can't see how anyone can get into the business, as flooded as it is right now, and do anything better than break even. Is the lobbying money coming from big hydroponics manufacturers and retailers, who stand to make a hell of a lot of money from know-nothing amateurs figuring that they can grow pot in lieu of getting a real job, or is someone else planning to let these guys take a dive and take over commercial marijuana propagation and production once the amateurs realize that it's more work than they thought?

Several times I've listened/watched Kaufmann debate on the subject of marijuana legalization. He's an effective spokesperson. Very effective.

Knowledgeable. Well spoken. Courteous. He seems like a highly competent P.R. person to me, from what I've seen of him. The problem with the Measure 80 campaign to legalize marijuana here in Oregon sure wasn't Kaufmann.

It was others in the campaign, plus the over-reaching in the initiative itself. If Measure 80 had been modeled after the successful Colorado and Washington initiatives, Measure 80 probably would have passed.

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